Bright future beckons for Cambridge United

Brendan Shepherd 25 June 2012

With the new season now on the horizon, the thoughts of football supporters become ever-more optimistic with considerations of what can be achieved in the coming campaign. This is no different with the supporters of Cambridge United as manager Jez George looks to remould his squad for a more sustained promotion push this time round.

The excellent early part of last season provides grounds for this optimism, with the right tweaking of the squad offering potential success for the future.

Heading into their centenary year, a notable achievement in itself for an outfit at the lower end of football’s elite in these uncertain economic times, the current crop of U’s have every hope of securing themselves legendary status in the club by bringing league football back to Cambridge after an absence of seven years.

George has moved swiftly to add to the squad that finished ninth last time out. Dealing within the usual merry-go-round of young players in the lower reaches of professional football, the Jez-olution has strengthened United across the board. Besides new deals for youth-team product Adam Marriot and industrious midfielder Rossi Jarvis, new to the Abbey are ex-Leeds man Tom Elliot, Yeovil Town midfielder Billy Gibson, and former ‘England C’ international Scott Garner. Goalkeeper Danny Naisbitt’s departure has been followed up by the capture of Tamworth stopper Jonathon Hedge.

These are the players George hopes can push his United team forward and transform Cambridge from a solid mid-table side to a genuine team of coherence and potential.

Celebrations of the club’s rich hundred-year history kicked off recently with a game against a West Ham United XI, but the highlight of the festivities in the coming months is sure to be the July 30th game between a Cambridge United Legends XI and a team of Celebrity All-Stars led by former Abbey Stadium hero Dion Dublin.

Coupled with the influx of fresh talent and centenary celebrations there are plans for a new stadium at Trumpington a few years down the line, all of which gives significant grounds for optimism for supporters this close season.

Brendan Shepherd